January 2, 2008

Edsel Ford’s personal automobiles to be auctioned at Amelia Island

Ford Model 40 Special Speedster
Ford Model 40 Special Speedster. Click image to enlarge

Jacksonville, Florida – Ontario-based RM Auctions will celebrate its 10th annual Automobiles of Amelia Island event in Florida with a sale that will include two custom-build cars made for Edsel Ford.

The sale will be held on March 8 in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

The Edsel Ford cars are a 1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster and 1934 Brewster Custom Town Car. Ford, the only child of Henry Ford and president of the Ford Motor Company at the time, had the Model 40 Speedster built for his private collection after being inspired by a trip to Europe. Also known as the Continental Series II Speedster, it has an aluminum body, twin windscreens, no doors, and headlamps positioned at axle height. It was sold following Edsel Ford’s death in 1943 and remained in storage until it was sold to its current owner in 1999.

The Brewster was one of a limited number of production vehicles combining a Ford chassis with a body built by Brewster & Company. Unique to Edsel Ford’s model is its colour scheme, 1934 Ford front end and other special amenities, and is believed to have been the first Ford Brewster shown to the public. Edsel Ford sold it in 1941; it remained in storage until its current owner bought it in 2005.

Other vehicles at the sale will include a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe, 1933 Packard Super 8 Convertible Victoria, 1911 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 and 1932 Lincoln KB Dual Cowl Phaeton. For more information, visit RMAuctions.com.

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